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Notices for Sunday 16 August, the Eleventh Sunday after Trinity

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Today is Richard Moore’s final Sunday at St Martin’s. Richard has been with us as freelance organist since last September. In this capacity he has made a marvellous contribution to the musical and worshipping life of this community – through playing the organ, directing the Choral Scholars for their Wednesday lunchtime Eucharist service, and playing for numerous special services, broadcasts and concerts. We thank him for all he has done, and wish him well in the future.

Today/Crèche at St Martin’s for the 0-4 age group, with trained childcare leaders, now takes place in the Austen Williams Room every Sunday. Please ask a steward to show you where to go.

Today/Children’s Programme – C-Club is now on its summer break and will resume on Sunday 6 September.

Today/Members from the Mandarin congregation will be selling scarves on 16 August (please note the change of date) and 20 September in St Martin’s Parish Hall after the 10am Sunday service as part of the fundraising campaign to support the outreach project to students from China and the Mandarin community. To find out more about this project please contact Tricia Cui or Edith Lau.

Our summer pattern of services continues until the end of August. Our Sunday 10am Parish Eucharist is with a soloist and organ, and choral evensong is sung by St Martin’s Voices. Choral Wednesdays continue with a soloist at 1pm and quartet at 4.30pm.

This week/The St Martin’s Breakfast Group meets on 19 August in the Café in the Crypt from 7.45-8.30am. All welcome. Contact Caroline Essex or Dan Kaszeta via the Parish Office.

This week/Bread For the World is taking a break over the summer and is starting again on Wednesday 9 September. Thank you to all those who have contributed and do come again after the break.

The Meditation Group meets next on Tuesday 25 August at 6.30pm in the DSC. The meditation group meets on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month.

Living With Dementia, Tuesday 15 September, 7.00-9.00pm, St Martin’s Hall. In September we continue to explore the experience of dementia and faith following our very successful evening earlier in the year. Through the insight of lived experience and theological reflection we will continue to look at how our church life and worship might grow in a more dementia-friendly way. Please make a note in your diary. All are welcome. Suggested donation £5.

Joyce Bennett RIP who died aged 92 on 11 July was the first British woman to be ordained priest in the Anglican Communion in 1971. Following her work as a CMS mission partner in Hong Kong, including as principal of St Catharine’s School for Girls in Kwun Tong, she returned to the UK in the 1980s where she ministered to the Chinese congregation here at St Martin’s. There will be a memorial service to celebrate her life at St Martin-in-the-Fields on Wednesday 23 September at 11am. All are welcome.

Living on the Edge, Saturday 17 October, 10.30am-4.30pm, St Martin’s Hall How do we respond when we find ourselves excluded? A day exploring how disabled people are finding new ways to use their experience of exclusion to improve understanding and address barriers to belonging. Through talks and workshops, using the art space, silent space and marketplace, disabled people, supporters and people with an interest in the issues gather to resource each other and the church. Speakers include our own Susan Wolfe and Sam Wells. Register at www.inclusive-church.org/disability-conference-2015 Cost £20/£10 concessions. More information from Fiona MacMillan or Jonathan Evens.

To help document the history of the Christmas Appeal, the Charity Team are appealing to you for information! If you have any photographs, memorabilia or fond memories of listening to the Appeal over the past years, then please contact Kirsty on kirsty.cunningham@smitf.org or via 020 7766 1138. The team is especially keen to hear from anyone who used to volunteer for the Appeal, or has a connection to the BBC.

We’ve launched Building Futures, the campaign to raise £4.5m to secure the future of St Martin’s. As part of Building Futures, there is a new timeline on our website, www.smitf.org. Take a look at some of the key moments from our history. We are continuing to develop the timeline, so if you have a suggestion of another event to include, please get in touch with Katy Shaw in the Development team (katy.shaw@smitf.org, tel: 020 7766 1168). If you would like to make a gift to support the campaign, pick up a Building Futures envelope or go to www/smitf.org/support-us.

Earlier this month, the Christmas Appeal team sent their July newsletter to over 15,000 supporters. Within the mailing, Revd Dr Sam Wells introduces the theme for the 2015 Appeal, ‘Pay Attention’ which follows from the 2014 theme ‘Were You There?’. You can download the newsletter from www.smitf.org/christmas.

Welcome back Queen Eleanor Cycle Ride, Monday August 31 Do please come and welcome back the cyclists, including those from the congregation, who are completing the 230 mile ride from Lincoln to Westminster Abbey on Monday August 31 to raise funds for The Connection at St Martin’s. They will be reaching the Abbey at 4pm. Do join them for a short service at the Queen’s tomb and a party at The Connection, 12 Adelaide Street, London WC1.

Children and Young People We aim to provide a safe environment for children and young people through our Safeguarding Policy. The ChildLine Helpline is 0800 1111.

Visit St Paul’s Cathedral We have four parish passes which members of our congregation may borrow. If you would like to have the loan of a pass then please contact Elinor Newman in the Parish Office.

Join the Occasional Singers of St Martin’s! Once a month, the Occasional Singers lead the music at 10am parish Eucharist, and we are looking for new members! Please email Alice at choir@smitf.org if you would like to know more.